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CAS Special Presentation: Four Color Theorem Festival--Four Colors Suffice

Event Type
Lecture
Sponsor
Center for Advanced Study
Location
314 Altgeld Hall, 1409 W. Green St.; Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois
Date
Nov 2, 2017   4:00 pm  
Speaker
Robin J. Wilson, Professor Emeritus of Pure Mathematics, Open University and Gresham College, London
Cost
Free and Open to the Public
E-Mail
cas@cas.illinois.edu
Phone
217-333-6729
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Originating Calendar
Center for Advanced Study

In this talk, Robin J. Wilson will present the history and solution of the four-color problem: Can every map be colored with just four colors so that neighboring countries are colored differently? The solution took 124 years to find, and used 1200 hour of computer time. But what did it involve, is it really a solution, and what role did the University of Illinois play in solving the problem? This illustrated lecture is open to anyone interested in this fascinating (and colorful) topic.

A reception follows in 239 Altgeld Hall.

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